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Clendening, Loganlocked

(25 May 1884–31 January 1945)
  • Philip K. Wilson


Clendening, Logan (25 May 1884–31 January 1945), physician, was born in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Edwin McKaig Clendening, a businessman, and Lide Logan. Clendening attended the University of Michigan in 1903–1904 and received an M.D. from the University of Kansas in 1907. Clendening then spent a year of internship at Chicago’s Augustana Hospital, after which he pursued postgraduate medical work in England and at the University of Edinburgh. In 1912 Clendening returned to his alma mater, the University of Kansas, as an instructor of internal medicine. In 1914 he married Dorothy Scott Hixon; they had no children. Called into active duty in 1917, Clendening served two years as a major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, in which he held command of the medical practice of Fort Sam Houston’s base hospital in San Antonio, Texas. He returned to the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1919 as assistant professor, and later became associate professor (1924) and professor (1928) of clinical medicine, a position he held until his death. Before a class of medical students, Clendening typically assumed the disabilities manifested by a particular disease and performed a series of apparently well-rehearsed one-act skits. These skits—occasionally intermixed with ribald anecdotes—were his forte, and they supported his claim that “it isn’t enough to throw facts at medical students … [you have to] cover your facts with mud to make them stick.”...

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